A great deal of what makes kitchen design beautiful and functional has to do with making sure the right measurements are in place. While key kitchen measurements leave room for flexibility depending on the space you have available, sticking to recommended ranges is a surefire way to guarantee your kitchen looks and works as it should.
Doorways and Walkways
Any doorway leading into a kitchen has to have a minimum width of 32 inches. If you want a swinging door to be added during a home renovation you have to make sure that it doesn’t get in the way of cabinets, appliances and other doors. If you have a smaller kitchen, you can hang kitchen doors so they swing out instead of in, letting you avoid clearance problems. Passageways around your kitchen will have to be at least 36 inches while walkways have to be at least 42 inches wide for single cooks or 48 inches if more than one person will be cooking.
It’s recommended that you have at least 158 inches total of usable countertop space, including islands that have to have at least 15 inches of clearance from above and at least 24 inches deep. Leave at least 12 inches of counter space as well on one side of a cooking area and 15 inches on the other.
Sink and Dishwasher
Landing areas around sinks have to be a minimum of 24 inches on one side and 18 on the other. If you have a secondary sink, your general contractor will leave at least three inches of counter space on one side and 18 inches on the other. If you are using a dishwasher, it should be at least 12 inches away from the next cabinet, appliance or another obstacle.
If you want your counters to incorporate seating, it should have 28 to 30 inches of space for every person to be seated. Knee space should be 18 inches deep if you have 30-inch high counters, 15 if you have 36-inch counters and 12 for 42-inch counters. For clearance behind stools or chairs, a 36-inch gap to a wall or an obstruction should be made available.
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